Dominican Republic: U.S. visitor numbers rise

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Tourism to the Dominican Republic from the U.S. is on the rise, according to statistics reported by the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic.

Statistics show that North American visitors account for close to 46% of all tourists to the destination.

Totals from the U.S. reached 381,725 for the first half of 2001, up 14% compared with 328,284 during the same period in 2000.

Ramon Prieto, president of the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores), attributed the growth to the slowdown of the U.S. economy, making the short-haul destination more attractive.

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